Shawn Marion to Sign with Cleveland Cavaliers
- Updated: August 18, 2014
The sources said that Marion told Cleveland over the weekend that he intended to sign with the club in August, despite Cleveland only being able to sign him to a minimum deal.
Sources said that Marion’s chance to play alongside LeBron James and the chance to contend immediately for an NBA title clinched the forward’s decision to play in Cleveland despite the increased pursuit the Indiana Pacers have shown of late.
A report last week said that Larry Bird the Indiana president invited Marion earlier in the week to Indianapolis for a recruiting pitch face to face over a dinner.
Indiana is desperate to find veteran help at the wing after Paul George went down with a leg fracture that will keep him sidelined for the entire 2014-15 season.
In a news conference last week, Bird conceded that, Cleveland were Marion’s favored team to sign for. Bird added that he believes Marion is still undecided where he will play and want he really wants, but he is sure he wants to be on a contender.
Cleveland for some time has been considered No. 1 in line to sign the versatile forward, since it became know that they were ready to complete the trade that would bring Kevin Love the Minnesota forward to the club in late August.
Cleveland can only offer Marion the minimum salary, which is $1.4 million for this season, since it used its cap and exceptions in other places.
The Pacers were given a disabled player exception of $5.3 million from the league following the season ending injury to George.
That means the Pacers could outbid the Cavaliers to sign Marion, but Indiana would then enter into luxury tax area if they spend over $1.7 million of the exception they were given.